finally – the halloween costume post!

Inspiration: steampunk circus inspired by The Night Circus.  I based my look off of this Simplicity pattern:

Rather than buying the yards and yards of fabric that would be needed make the overcoat, and then having to actually SEW an overcoat, I decided to use what I had on hand:

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This was my winter coat from several years ago, and I decided to cut it up since it was too big, didn’t really have any shaping to it, and was sort of pill-y and covered in lint, etc., and having three or four other winter coats in my closet… You can see the cutting lines I drew.

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Cut off the collar and shaped the bottom hem line… Then I needed the ruffle!  I had just the thing: a butt-ugly sheer shirt (part of a dance costume for Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” but I won’t say anything more about that!) I was more than happy to cut up.

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I had to make some major alterations to the jacket that had me wondering if altering was easier than sewing an entire new jacket, mostly because it all involved hand sewing, which I hate!  I added three panels into the “skirt” of the jacket to make it flare out, and also a false lacing up the back.  I also had to make the jacket double-breasted inside of single, which meant learning how to sew buttonholes.  That was much easier than I thought it would be.  ALL OF MY FUTURE PROJECTS WILL NOW HAVE BUTTONS!

I also had some red and white striped fabric for the corset, and some velvet I had used to make a jacket years earlier (which is how I knew I did not want to make another jacket…).  Made some little lace gloves out of some scraps I had, found a little top hat at Savers that I added some tulle and a fabric rose to, and voila!

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I opted for leggings and boots rather than making a full skirt, just for ease of wearing and because I kinda ran out of time toward the end of October.  I’m not sure how many people “got” what I was for Halloween, but I did receive lots of compliments on my costume.  And on Janina’s Snow White costume:



crafty goodness

I’ve been getting quite a bit of crafting done during my non-writing time… 

First up was this pleated bag.  I found the pattern here.  I got canvas fabric in this cool pattern, and voila:

Cute, right?  The bag did come out a little bit on the small side, at least compared to the pictures on the original site.  I think I was supposed to add a seam allowance to the pattern pieces or something.  But still cute.

Next up, hula hoops!  I’ve been working on my hooping skills for a year or so now, and figured, “Why not try to make my own hoops?”  I found a tutorial over here, picked up some tubing and other supplies at Lowe’s, and have now made a couple of hoops.  The first,  I gave away to my friend’s daughter.  The second came out a bit better – taping is certainly an art all its own!

Knitting projects up next:

I used this free pattern.  It was superfast and easy (so long as you know how to cable knit already, but even if you don’t, this is a good first project).  The weather isn’t cold enough for me to wear it yet, but soon…

While I was at Joann’s, I also picked up some ruffle yarn.

This stuff knits up really fast – you only have to cast on 6 stitches.  I can’t wait to see what the finished product looks like!

And finally – my Renaissance Faire costume:

If you’ll recall, I’m making a costume based off of Snow White’s in “Mirror Mirror.”  I finished the dress part, now I just have to make the corset.  Luckily there’s a nice long weekend coming up!